Students got 'the grades they deserved'
THE decision to remark GCSE exams this summer was about fairness, and ensuring students got the grades they deserved, the Welsh Government has insisted.
The response comes after Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg criticised Education Minister Leighton Andrews for ordering a regrading of some GCSE English papers in Wales.
Issues with the GCSE English grading began when some exam boards claimed grade boundaries had changed significantly mid-way through the year, by as much as ten marks.
Headteachers said it meant pupils who sat GCSE English in the winter might have got a lower mark had they sat it in the summer.
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Mr Clegg, attending the annual Lib Dem conference in Brighton, said: "I know what they say but I don't think it's right for politicians to be interfering in an independent exam system."
But a Welsh Government spokesman said: "The decision to direct the WJEC to carry out this work was about fairness and ensuring that Welsh students got the grades they deserved."